Every so often, a great timber property hits the market that also has significant recreational appeal and turn-key weekend retreat opportunities in place so you can make a smart investment and immediately begin enjoying it on the weekends with your friends and family. Locust Hill is one of these versatile properties that offers exceptional timber and recreational opportunities. Along with its well-stocked, high-value maple and oak stands, the property has several miles of meticulously-groomed ATV and snowmobile trails, a 6-person yurt base camp with a drilled well, a sugar house that has historically serviced several hundred nearby taps, direct access to thousands of acres of state lands and two distinct right-of-way access points from Glen Creek Road.
The property is situated within the Adirondack gateway town of Johnsburg, a small mountain community that is nestled along the upper Hudson River and well known for its white-water rafting, skiing and outdoor pursuits. North Creek Village lies 10 miles north of the property and is home to the popular Gore Mountain Ski Center. Gore Mountain offers over a hundred downhill trails and thirteen lifts, and is recognized as one of the most popular ski destinations in New York. Downtown North Creek offers an inviting mountain retreat atmosphere with a Main Street that is lined with several shops, a wine bar, a bakery cafe and hotel services.
Access is gained via two deeded rights-of-way connecting the property to nearby Glen Creek Road, a four-season town highway and secondary artery to NY Route 28. The primary means of entrance is over a gated gravel truck road which extends across a neighboring property for a mile before reaching the southern property line. This is a 40’ wide right-of-way to the property, where the road then continues on for another three quarters of a mile and extends to the yurt base camp area. It’s drive-able via SUV type traffic during non-winter months.
Locust Hill is one of those great forestland properties that offer both exceptionally managed timber and a host of compelling recreational opportunities. The property is as ideally suited for ATV riding, hunting, weekend yurt camping, hiking and snowmobiling as it is for timber harvesting or maple syrup production. It’s entirely possible to make a smart timber investment here and have a lot of fun doing it.
Locust Hill hosts an impressive northern hardwood timber resource with quality red oak and sugar maple stocking which drives its investment value. The property’s maple and oak stands have multiple age classes, heavy sawtimber stocking and good growing sites as evidenced by the tall tree heights found throughout the property. Species composition is driven by quality sugar maple, red oak, basswood, ash, hemlock and associates. A summer 2017 inventory reveals a standing timber inventory of 2,648 MBF of quality hardwood and softwood logs and 10,283 cords of pulpwood products, with total stocking representing an impressive 27.0 cords per acre. Capital Timber Value has been set at $544,100 ($943/GIS acre), a figure representing 90% of the asking price.
The yurt base camp can sleep up to six people comfortably for rustic weekend getaways. There’s wiring for 120/240 electricity that runs off a generator which can be located in a nearby outbuilding. A drilled well (owner thinks its approximately 180 feet deep) provides drinking water to a 300-gallon storage tank. From there, the water system is operated with a 12-volt car battery to run the pump. There’s a bathroom in the yurt with a toilet, and the septic system is thought to be a tank but that is unverified. A former sugar house is also situated on the property, servicing several hundred maples in the vicinity. It has an evaporator, its own well with hydrant and electric hookup for a generator.